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Athens, 1st CIAHS 2019 09 13, Medical Literature in Tenth-Century Andalus: Texts, Genres, and Sources

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The apparently uncomplex edition of Alʔilbīrī’s Book of the Rational Conclusions (Andalus, 10th century?) has unexpectedly grown through the years into a full-fledged research on the early transmission of medical and pharmacognostical knowledge to
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  Texts, Genres, and Sources Medical Literature in Tenth-Century Andalus  Theo Loinaz      Αθήνα   2019/09/13  The apparently uncomplex edition of Al ! ilb ! r ! Õs Book o  !   the Rational Conclusions (Andalus, 10th century?) has unexpectedly grown through the years into a full-fledged research on the early transmission of medical and pharmacognostical knowledge to the Islamicate west. Both manuscript witnesses appear as a collection of thematically related but otherwise unconnected treatises on apothecary matters, natural philosophy, medical therapy, " aw  #$$ ic lore, pharmacopoea, and dietetics. This variegated compendium poses two main challenges: on the one hand it represents a hard-to-solve puzzle for the editor, who has to form an opinion as to whether the text as it stands, with its remarkable lacunae, is an authorial text or rather a later compilation. On the other hand the historian of science has to analyse each one of these treatises within the context of its own traditionÑwith due attention to the specific conventions of its genreÑin order to gain some insight into the vexing matter of such qualifications as srcinal/unsrcinal and innovative/imitative which one usually feels compelled to bestow upon oneÕs object of study. In our contribution we would like to share with the attendants some of the problems (both philological and historiographical) that best illustrate these challenges.  The apparently uncomplex edition of Al ! ilb ! r ! Õs Book o  !   the Rational Conclusions (Andalus, 10th century?) has unexpectedly grown through the years into a full-fledged research on the early transmission of medical and pharmacognostical knowledge to the Islamicate west. Both manuscript witnesses appear as a collection of thematically related but otherwise unconnected treatises on apothecary matters, natural philosophy, medical therapy, " aw  #$$ ic lore, pharmacopoea, and dietetics. This variegated compendium poses two main challenges: on the one hand it represents a hard-to-solve puzzle for the editor, who has to form an opinion as to whether the text as it stands, with its remarkable lacunae, is an authorial text or rather a later compilation. On the other hand the historian of science has to analyse each one of these treatises within the context of its own traditionÑwith due attention to the specific conventions of its genreÑin order to gain some insight into the vexing matter of such qualifications as srcinal/unsrcinal and innovative/imitative which one usually feels compelled to bestow upon oneÕs object of study. In our contribution we would like to share with the attendants some of the problems (both philological and historiographical) that best illustrate these challenges.  For those willing to go beyond a straightforward edition-cum-translation Preliminary platitudes Essential question: ?   Or  just for beginners

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